Arts Today The Stranger Suggests
posted by April 5 at 12:00 PMon
Charo (Cuchi-Cuchi Queen) It’s one of popular entertainment’s most brilliant inventions: the stealth bimbo. In America, we’ve got Dolly Parton, whose buxom Muppety-ness camouflages one of our great singer/songwriters. In Spain, they’ve got Charo, the Love Boat staple and “cuchi-cuchi” queen, whose buxom Muppety-ness camouflages her jaw-dropping mastery of flamenco guitar. Charo’s onstage transformation from pidgin-English floozy to flamenco Hendrix has made her an international star for over 500 years, and it’s totally worth the 70-mile drive north to Skagit Valley to see her work her magic in person. (Skagit Valley Casino Resort, 5984 N Dark Lane, Bow, ticketmaster.com. 7 and 9:30 pm, $30.) DAVID SCHMADER
‘Tussle in Shorthand’ (Art) “Do you want to feel the Freedom of Spirit?” asks Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi at the start of his nine-minute digital video. By its sinister conclusion, according to curator Yoko Ott, you might wish you had said no. The whole show is based on struggle and chagrin, and the feelings are international. The London-based Mexican artist Raul Ortega Ayala wrestles an office chair into submission; the New York—based French artist Hugh Walton types out his frustrations with his body. And Seattle’s Shawn Patrick Landis, in a new work, stages his own hanging. (Punch Gallery, 119 Prefontaine Pl S, 621-1945. 5—8 pm, free.) JEN GRAVES
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